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Can Big Data Help Dispense Justice?

Dec 12, 2014 |

A debate within the American judicial system is focusing on the growing use of data-driven predictions about future crime risks in shaping sentencing guidelines. According to reports this summer, at least 20 states have adopted so-called “evidence-based sentencing.” Outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder raised concerns about the trend during the summer, calling on the U.S. Sentencing Commission, which establishes sentencing guidelines for the federal courts, to “study the use of data-driven analysis in front-end sentencing,” then issue policy recommendations. Read more…

Data Companies Work With Citizen Scientists on Climate

Dec 11, 2014 |

Storage vendor EMC Corp. is joining forces with big data and cloud specialist Pivotal and the EarthWatch Institute in an effort to apply analytical tools to the study the impact of climate change. The partners along with Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park will study the interactions between nature and climate as part of a broader effort to promote citizen science using big data lakes, analytical tools and visualizations, the partners said. The “Big Data vs. Climate Change” initiative was Read more…

Mayo Clinic Eyes Data to Improve Health Care

Dec 10, 2014 |

Optum Labs, a health services and technology venture formed by the Mayo Clinic along with one of the nation’s largest health care insurers, is analyzing patient data to identify the best treatments, understand variations in health care and determine the effectiveness of patient care. The collaboration with the Mayo Clinic’s Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery will scour the records of about 149 million patients covered by insurance giant UnitedHealth Group in an attempt improve patient care Read more…

MapR Claims Momentum as Hadoop Subs Grow

Dec 9, 2014 |

MapR Technologies said this week that paid subscriptions to its distribution of Apache Hadoop exceeded 700 in November while existing customers increased current subscriptions at an expansion rate of more than 200 percent during its most recent quarter ending Sept. 30. San Jose-based MapR has cashed in on the popularity of the open source framework for handling large-scale, data-intensive deployments with its top-ranked distribution for ApacheT Hadoop. Along with new subscribers, the company said it measures the growth of its Read more…

Data Tools Aid Open Source Intelligence

Dec 9, 2014 |

U.S. intelligence agencies and the military are increasingly leveraging analytics platforms based on machine learning to sift through data sources like social media. In the vernacular of the Pentagon, these efforts are generally referred to as open source intelligence initiatives. While the U.S. intelligence community is spending billions of dollars on geospatial intelligence—the analysis and exploitation of imagery and geospatial information—open source efforts focusing on unstructured data like web pages, emails, instant messaging and social media are augmenting those efforts. Read more…

Gumshoes, Too, Are Drowning in Data

Dec 5, 2014 |

Private eyes, that is, the gumshoe variety stereotypically clad in trench coats and a fedora, are experiencing their own unique set of problems adapting to the Era of Big Data and what the “private investigation industry” (who know there was one?) considers overly restrictive privacy laws. It’s an example of having a bad time dealing with a good problem: Too much hidden data buried in public records is making it harder to find clues needed to crack a case, collect Read more…

Big Data Rankings: Leaders Generated $6B in Revenues

Dec 4, 2014 |

A diverse group of hardware, software, analytics and even technology consulting firms make up a list of the top 10 big data companies based on annual revenues. Together, a survey estimates the market leaders accounted for just over $6 billion in big data revenues during 2013. Wikibon, the open source market researcher, ranked big data leaders based on 2013 sales of hardware, software and IT services. Here’s what the survey found: IBM Corp.: $1.37 billion. Wikibon said IBM continues to Read more…

Google, Wireless Partner Look to Merge Cloud, IoT

Dec 2, 2014 |

Google Cloud Platform and Telit Wireless Solutions, an “enabler of the Internet of Things,” are joining forces to sponsor an IoT competition aimed at encouraging technology innovation around connected consumers and their devices. The IoT Big Data Challenge will encourage developers to submit new applications in business, consumer and “social well-being” categories. That third category includes new applications that would benefit society. The competition requires contestants to create web-based and mobile apps based on data from a wide variety of Read more…

NSA Releases Data Management Tool

Dec 1, 2014 |

The National Security Agency said it is expanding its open source portfolio by releasing the source code for software designed to manage data network interoperability. NSA said Nov. 25 it was releasing the open source tool, “Niagarafiles,” or “Nifi,” through the Apache Software Foundation. The spy agency said the release was the first in a series of open source software tools from its technology transfer program that shares agency-developed technologies with academia, industry and research organizations. The spy agency said Read more…

AI Startup Raises $103.5M to Expand Development

Nov 25, 2014 |

Artificial intelligence startup Sentient Technologies said it would use the $103.5 million raised in its most recent funding round to expand its distributed AI products and services. San Francisco-based Sentient said Nov. 24 that the Series C funding round boosts the amount of venture funding raised so far to $143 million. Access Industries led the latest round along with Tata Communications. Existing investors include Horizon Ventures and a group of private investors in the financial, consumer and real estate sectors. Read more…